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Elmarie van Rensburg

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Photo 1Lithops lesliei subsp. lesliei in flower (Photo DP van Rensburg)

Plant adaptations are fascinating and intriguing.  A very advanced and interesting adaption is mimicry.  Mimicry can happen in different forms, in certain flowering plants, especially orchids, it can imitate insect pollinators, and some plants have flowers with a scent similar to rotting flesh.  Others, like the mimicry succulents (for example Lithops lesliei, Photo 1), have adapted to merge perfectly with the habitat in which they grow (Photo 2).